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I?ve read that female havs go into heat about every 6 months or so. Is this right? I?m just curious, do they ever go into heat much earlier than expected or are they pretty regular?
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Shama is the runt of a runt. She weighed 1.9 pounds when we first took her to the vet at 10 weeks old, and now she weighs about 8 pounds. She didn't have her first (and only) heat until she was nearly a year old, then we had to wait for the swelling to go down before we could get her spayed at about six weeks beyond her first birthday. She was back to normal about two weeks after she got spayed. Here's a link to the thread about her spay:

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I?ve read that female havs go into heat about every 6 months or so. Is this right? I?m just curious, do they ever go into heat much earlier than expected or are they pretty regular?

Their first heat will usually come around 8 months old or later, it varies. After their first heat they will probably go into heat every 6 months, again it can vary a bit. If you search old posts on the forum you'll get the gist of dealing with a female in heat. It was enough to make me stick with a male dog lol.
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I?ve read that female havs go into heat about every 6 months or so. Is this right? I?m just curious, do they ever go into heat much earlier than expected or are they pretty regular?

Their first heat will usually come around 8 months old or later, it varies. After their first heat they will probably go into heat every 6 months, again it can vary a bit. If you search old posts on the forum you'll get the gist of dealing with a female in heat. It was enough to make me stick with a male dog lol.
Thank you! I asked this question because I was wondering when a breeder gives you a timeline on when her female will go into heat (and therefore when you can expect a pup) how accurate it is (can it be a month earlier or later than expected). Just curious! I suppose it might have been a good idea to post this question in the ?breeders? section
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Shama is the runt of a runt. She weighed 1.9 pounds when we first took her to the vet at 10 weeks old, and now she weighs about 8 pounds. She didn't have her first (and only) heat until she was nearly a year old, then we had to wait for the swelling to go down before we could get her spayed at about six weeks beyond her first birthday. She was back to normal about two weeks after she got spayed. Here's a link to the thread about her spay:

http://www.havaneseforum.com/10-heal...ng-spayed.html
Thank you! I?m going to read your thread in case I end up with a female hav. Two weeks seems like a long time to recover. Poor girl Poor Mom, too!
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I?ve read that female havs go into heat about every 6 months or so. Is this right? I?m just curious, do they ever go into heat much earlier than expected or are they pretty regular?
They can be all over the place. My older girl didn't have her first heat until she was 14 months old. My younger one went in at 10 months (pretty average) and then exactly 6 months later. Now it has been 8 months and counting.


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Thank you! I asked this question because I was wondering when a breeder gives you a timeline on when her female will go into heat (and therefore when you can expect a pup) how accurate it is (can it be a month earlier or later than expected). Just curious! I suppose it might have been a good idea to post this question in the ?breeders? section
It certainly CAN be a month earlier or later. But if the bitch has had a couple of litters, she is probably at least 3 1/2 or 4 years old, and her owner may have a pretty good idea what to expect from her. But they are animals, and... things don't always go like clockwork.

And, you can never for sure how many pups the bitch might have, how many of those might live... it's unusual, but occasionally a bitch can die during pregnancy or delivery, meaning no pups for anyone. There are no guarantees.


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It certainly CAN be a month earlier or later. But if the bitch has had a couple of litters, she is probably at least 3 1/2 or 4 years old, and her owner may have a pretty good idea what to expect from her. But they are animals, and... things don't always go like clockwork.

And, you can never for sure how many pups the bitch might have, how many of those might live... it's unusual, but occasionally a bitch can die during pregnancy or delivery, meaning no pups for anyone. There are no guarantees.
Yikes--that never even occurred to me--a female not making it through pregnancy. Thanks for your insight!
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